February 2014


Chemistry Guest Speaker to Discuss Novel Polymer Feb. 18

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Delaware State University’s Department of Chemistry will host a Feb. 18 guest lecture by Dr. Thomas Schultz of Horizon Partners Ventures, LLC, who will speak on the topic of “Biodegradable, Bio-Renewable Super Absorbent Polymers.”   The guest lecture will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Room 323 of the Mishoe Science Center South. The event – which is part of the department’s 2014 Sustainable Chemistry Seminar Series – is free and open to the public.   Dr. Schultz will talk about the development of hydrogels as a biodegradable alternative to polyacrylate-based super absorbent polymers that are a contaminant in the ground and at landfills. Also having received more than $500,000 in research grants since 2011, Dr. Schultz will share insights on how to convince funding entities that an innovation is a better bet to be funded.   Dr. Schultz is currently a partner with Horizon Partners Ventures LLC, a Delaware-based technology firm founded in 2012 as a commercialization business that identifies unmet needs in the chemicals, agriculture, materials and pharmaceutical markets and matches innovations with the right benefits to those needs. Horizon obtains Small Business Innovation Research grants and private funding to provide the research and business development needed to bring the products to market.   Dr. Schultz holds a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry (New York University) and training in Business Management (INSEAD, France). His professional focus is on the building of ‘product engines’ and new initiatives in the physical sciences markets. He has more than 40 patents and numerous publications.   Dr. Schultz’s 30 years as an R&D executive has led to the creation of significant new products at E.I. DuPont, L’Oreal, P&G, Shiseido Ltd., Playtex, Sculptz Inc., Clorox and Bristol-Myers-Squibb across a range of product categories.

Dr. Jeanne Flavin guest speaker Reproduction Politics March 5

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DSU’s Sociology & Criminal Justice Department will present guest speaker Dr. Jeanne Flavin, Fordham University professor of sociology, who will speak on “Our Bodies, Our Crimes: Policing Women’s Reproduction in America” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 in the Longwood Auditorium (room 113) of the Bank of America Building on campus.                       Dr. Jeanne Flavin The event – which is also co-sponsored by the organization Sociologists for Women in Society -- is free and open to the public. Dr. Flavin is author of the award-winning book, Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women's Reproduction in America and more than two dozen other scholarly publications. She serves on the board of directors of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, a reproductive justice organization which defends the rights of pregnant and parenting women, particularly those whose race, poverty, drug use, or mental health makes them vulnerable to arrest and prosecution. She is the recipient of a 2009 Fulbright research award and the 2013 Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Activism Award.

DSU to Delay Feb. 17 opening to 9:30 a.m. at all locations

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Snow falls once again on DSU, delaying opening by one hour but  not closing operations on Feb. 17.

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In the wake of this morning's snowfall in Delaware, DSU will delay its opening one hour at all three of its locations in Dover, DSU@Wilmington and Georgetown. Only essential employees are to arrive for work at their regular reporting time. All other employees should report by 9:30 a.m.                                              

Dr. Bradley Skelcher to Speak on Medical Experimentation on Slaves

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Dr. Skelcher's presentation is part of DSU's series of Black History Month events.

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Dr. Bradley Skelcher, DSU associate provost and professor of history, will give a presentation on “The Medical Experimentation of Enslaved African Americans at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Mishoe 139A (north). The presentation is free and open to the public. Dr. Skelcher will discuss how slaves were forced to undergo medical procedures without anesthesia and against their will as a means of helping doctors develop surgical procedures. He will also share how aged and infirm slaves were often provided to doctors for medical experimentation.

DSU Brass Ensemble Performs Concert in Milford

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The DSU Brass Ensemble gave the some residents of Milford a delightful musical afternoon as they gave a concert at Reformation Lutheran Church.

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The DSU Brass Ensemble converted musical notes into tuition support as it performed a Feb. 23 concert at the Reformation Lutheran Church of Milford. The DSU Brass Ensemble: (l-r) Bri'Yahn Ritchie, Devon Schlegel, Denzel A. Thompson-Williams, Hakeem Nabi and Neil Davis. Calling themselves the Scholarship Brass Quintet, the musicians did a 10-selection Sunday afternoon concert in the sanctuary of the church in front of an appreciative gathering of music lovers. The music performance included classical compositions from J.S. Bach, Samuel Scheidt and Gustav Holst, jazz numbers from Fats Waller and Lew Pollack, and other selections as well. The quintet performed the concert underneath the glow of sunlight that streamed upon them from the sanctuary’s tall stained glass windows; and their brass notes resonated brilliantly in the wonderful acoustics of the church. The concert represented a homecoming for ensemble trombonist Devon Schlegel, who grew up in Milford. The senior student served as the concert emcee and was joined by ensemble members Neil Davis on trumpet, Bri’Yahn Ritchie on trumpet, Hakeem Nabi on French horn and Denzel A. Thompson-Williams on tuba. Dr. Patrick Hoffman is the ensemble’s advisor.

DSU to open operations/classes at regular start time Feb. 3

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DSU officials will continue to monitor the weather throughout the day.

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DSU will open for regular operations/classes on Monday, Feb. 3. All employees are expected to report at their normal start time. University officials will continue to monitor the weather throughout the day.

Alumni Ambassador Outreach to be held with April 12 Open House

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Dr. Lisa Dunning, asst. vice president of Alumni Affairs (seated far right), called on officers of the DSU Alumni Association to support the Alumni Ambassador Outreach during a recent dinner at the President’s Residence. Seated (l-r) -- DSU President Harry Williams, Ms. Dunning, Dr. Robin Williams; top -- Robert Draine, Sussex Co. president; Raymond Moore, Sussex Co. vice president; Sheila Davis, DSUAA vice president; William Torian, DSUAA treasurer; and Dr. Bernard Chase, DSUAA President.

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DSU will enlist its past graduates to introduce youth to the University with its first-ever Alumni Ambassador Outreach Day that will be held in conjunction with its Spring Open House from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12.   Alumni are encouraged to reach out to middle and high school students and bring them to the DSU campus for the event. The prospective students will attend an academic fair in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium, tour the campus and have an opportunity to visit individual academic colleges to meet with faculty and administrators.   While the prospective students take part in the Spring Open House events, alumni will meet with DSU President Harry L. Williams in a forum setting.   Lisa Dunning, the recently appointed assistant vice president of Alumni Affairs, recently met with a group of DSU Alumni Association officers and chapter presidents to explain the new initiative and ask for their support.    "It is important for alumni to be engaged and do things today that will impact the lives of students that come behind us,” Dr. Dunning said. “Alumni can increase students’ awareness and stimulate their thinking in terms of college readiness."   Alumni are asked to register online (www.desu.edu/alumnioutreach) the guests they will be bring to the campus that day.   For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (302) 857-6050.

Dover & Sussex classes to be held 2/3; Wilmington classes canceled

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The east side of the DSU@Wilmington looks nothing like this now, as a snow surrounds the building today and has prompted the canceling of classes tonight.

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All normal operations and classes at DSU’s Dover main campus and Georgetown site will be held as scheduled on Monday, Feb. 3, including evening classes. Individuals are urged to exercise caution when driving or walking on campus tonight.   Due to the snow storm that has hit New Castle County today, all classes for the DSU@Wilmington location have been canceled for Feb. 3.   DSU officials will continue to monitor the weather and conditions in New Castle County on Feb. 4 and will make a determination by noon on that day concerning the status of classes at the DSU@Wilmington location.  

Dr. Susmita Roye Receives NEH Award

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Dr. Susmita Roye has received the National Endowment for the Humanities grant award in support of her current book manuscript project on the women writers of India during British Rule of 1757-1947.

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Dr. Susmita Roye, associate professor of English, has been named as a recipient of the National Endowment for Humanities Award for Faculty. The award has been given in recognition and support of her current book manuscript project, which is about the women writers of India during the British rule of that country (1757-1947). She has tentatively titled the book “Mothering India.” Dr. Roye will receive financial support from the grant award, which will enable her to take some time off from teaching to finish the book. She was one of only eight persons to receive the award out of 101 applications. Previously, Dr. Roye co-edited and contributed a chapter to the book The Male Empire under The Female Gaze, which explored the perspective of British white women amid British rule of India. Dr. Roye, a native of India, has been a faculty member of DSU since 2011.

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